At Majka, we know that being a mother is a big deal and that you need all the support you can get. That’s exactly why we created the Nourishing Lactation Powder to not only give you amazing postnatal support but in a way that is easy, tasty, and is *almost* as hard-working as you are. The Majka Lactation Protein Powder is intended to give your body and baby the best by being full of amazing nutrients - yes - even enough to be a postnatal vitamin - with extra botanicals and nutrients to support breastfeeding and the quality of your milk.
What to Look for in a Postnatal Vitamin
Postnatal vitamins are made especially to nourish a new mother and support lactation and breastmilk quality. Other considerations when choosing a supplement are:
- Being in a form that’s easy to take (many people prefer powders over tablets)
- Multitasking to cover more than one of your needs. Not only is the Majka Lactation Powder a postnatal supplement, but it’s also a source of high-quality plant-based protein and blends into a meal in seconds
- Superior quality vitamins & minerals
- Includes botanicals to support breastfeeding production & quality
- Flax Seed: a well-known ingredient to boost lactation and provide gentle fiber for mom
- B Vitamins: Important for mom and baby for energy, stress management and sleep
- Choline: important for infant brain development
- Turmeric: anti-inflammatory to help mom’s recover and thrive after birth along with many other benefits
- Probiotics & Enzymes: crucial for gut & digestive health and the benefits get passed onto baby, too
- MCT Oil: provides brain fuel food and sustained energy
- Sunflower Lecithin: brain food for baby and known to prevent mastitis & clogged ducts
What are Postnatal Vitamins?
Supplements and vitamins are an important part of a healthy regime, especially when you are in the postpartum period. Chances are, even if you didn’t take vitamins before you were pregnant, you started to once you saw those two pink lines. Nutritional needs change in the postpartum period and our need to supplement with a postnatal vitamin is just as important as a prenatal! A postnatal vitamin may not be a term you’re familiar with, but it’s simply a way of differentiating between a mother’s nutritional needs when pregnant and afterward. As you are probably aware (or soon will be!) the demands on a postpartum body are many!
Why are Postnatal Vitamins Important?
Each season of life will dictate different nutritional needs. Postpartum is one of the most physically demanding times of a woman’s life, in some way much more so than during pregnancy. While prenatal vitamins are important to take, postpartum vitamins are just as important to continue especially over the first weeks and months after the baby’s arrival. Proper nourishment is important for:
- Good quality sleep
- Energy & mental clarity
- Producing the most nutrient-dense breastmilk possible
- Healing & recovery from giving birth
- Filling in the nutritional gaps from you diet (even if you eat really well)
What is the Difference between Prenatal and Postnatal Vitamins?
While both prenatal and postnatal vitamins are going to be quite similar with extra calcium, B vitamins & more, postnatal vitamins specifically sustain a breastfeeding mother with ingredients that will both support & enhance your milk supply. The perfect example of a postnatal vitamin is the Majka Nourishing Lactation Powder. It’s not just protein and calories that are important for a breastfeeding mom but also vitamins, minerals, and botanicals that support breastfeeding are too. Many healthcare practitioners will recommend that you continue to take your prenatal vitamin after giving birth. Continuing your prenatal vitamin is important, but you can do even better by using a supplement formulated specifically as a postnatal vitamin.
What Vitamins and Micronutrients are Important for Me to Take While Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is a lot of work and can be quite taxing on mothers because, in nature’s wisdom, a mother’s body will sacrifice her own nutritional stores in order to provide the best quality milk possible for her baby. With that in mind, it is crucial for a new breastfeeding mom to take extra care with her nutrition.
Specific vitamins that are important for a breastfeeding mother are:
DHA, an Omega 3 essential fatty acid, is also integral in brain development for your breastfed baby. A vitamin supplement will not contain DHA so this is something to take with separately, in the form of a high DHA fish oil.
Can I get all the Nutrients I Need from My Diet?
Unfortunately, it’s become a romanticized idea that we can get everything we need from food. There are many factors that contribute to this, such as soil quality, but first and foremost, being a new mom is not the time where you’re going to be impeccably feeding yourself. Quick and easy meals with no prep time and having your support people cooking for you as much as possible is what to focus on in those first weeks. As you start to get into a groove with your new family, you can shift your focus onto diet more and more. That being said, it’s nearly impossible to meet your nutrition needs through food alone even if you are eating really well. Creating a routine that includes vitamins, supplements, and smoothies to cover your nutrition basics will help you focus on your family.
Other Considerations for Choosing a Postnatal Supplement
Not all vitamins are created equal so it’s important to find a good quality vitamin that you will remember to take. Here are some factors to think about when choosing a vitamin:
1. Ease of taking.
Do you forget to take pills? Perhaps a powder form is better for you. The best postnatal vitamin is the one that you will take.
2. Remembering to take your vitamins.
This is an ongoing battle for many people. Consider putting your supplements near the first thing you walk to in the morning (a glass of water or your coffee maker?) Tying the new habit of taking vitamins to something you do daily is important. Perhaps keep a stash at your breastfeeding stations!
Just like anything, the cheapest option may do more harm than good. Vitamins, especially postnatal vitamins, are not ones you want to compromise the quality of.
4. Can your vitamins multi-task?
A perfect example is our Majka Lactation Protein Powder. It is not only a postnatal vitamin, but it’s a great source of protein and can be blended into a meal in seconds. And a meal that gives you hydration, too!
How Long Should I Take My Postnatal Vitamin For?
Most recommendations will suggest taking your postnatal vitamin until you decide to stop breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding beyond 12-18 months, you could consider replacing your postnatal vitamin with a regular multivitamin as your baby’s nutritional needs are mostly replaced by foods but there is no harm in continuing it. If you are planning to expand your family within 2 years of having your last baby, continuing on a postnatal vitamin can continue to provide nourishment to enhance your nutritional stores to support a subsequent pregnancy. Prenatal or postnatal vitamins can be taken before you conceive to ensure your body is flooded with nutrition so that both you and your future babies are well-nourished. Ultimately, how long you take a postnatal vitamin will be mostly determined by your breastfeeding journey.
Mothers are amazing multi-taskers, which was an inspiration in the formulation of the Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder to provide you with a tasty meal that takes seconds to make. Our aim is to support you in the ways that you actually need when you have a new baby while never compromising quality or taste. We are honored when you choose to include Majka products in your postpartum experience.
If you're interested in finding lactation support from Majka, check out our Nourishing Lactation Booster and our Lactation Bites too! If you're not sure which product is the right fit for you, read Which Majka Lactation Support is Best For You!
We'd love to hear how you pick your postnatal vitamin! Share with us @lovemajka and don't forget to tag us in your posts! #fuelingmotherhood